FERC accepts market authority for 200 MW of Southern Power solar projects in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 11 accepted Jan. 8 applications from two affiliated companies with neighboring solar projects in California, RE Garland LLC and RE Garland A LLC, for approval of their market-based rate authority.

Both companies asked for expedited consideration of their application in order to secure financing for the construction of each project and to meet the construction milestones set forth in their interconnection agreements. They asked for approvals on or before Feb. 12, which is a deadline that FERC has now met.

RE Garland is developing and constructing a 180-MW (nameplate) solar photovoltaic facility located in Kern County, California. The Garland Facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area. The Garland Facility will interconnect with the SCE’s Whirlwind 220-kV Substation at the 220-kV bus via a generation tie-line and related interconnection facilities.

The RE Garland project is scheduled to achieve initial synchronization in February 2016 and commercial operation in October 2016. All of the output from the RE Garland Facility is fully committed and will be sold initially to SCE from the commercial operation date through a 15-year power purchase agreement.

RE Garland is controlled by Southern Power Co., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO).

RE Garland A is developing and constructing a 20-MW (nameplate) solar photovoltaic facility located in Kern County, California. The Garland A Facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by SCE within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area through shared interconnection facilities.

The RE Garland A project is scheduled to achieve initial synchronization in February 2016 and commercial operation in October 2016. All of the output from the Garland A Facility is fully committed and will be sold initially to SCE from the commercial operation date through a 20-year power purchase agreement. This project company is controlled by Southern Power under a similar structure to that of RE Garland.

Southern Power had announced on Dec. 18, 2015, the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 200-MW (ac) Garland solar facility from Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar. Recurrent Energy is constructing the facility and will retain the remaining interest in the project.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.